On November 7, 360 of Hong Kong’s most influential individuals descended upon the West Kowloon Cultural District for the 2022 M+ Gala presented by Tatler. Against the backdrop of world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's artworks—for whom M+ is hosting the largest retrospective in Asia outside of Japan—two other creative geniuses were also creating works of art—except these particular pieces would be gone, consumed by the end of the night.
To mark the occasion, Tatler invited Indian chef Gaggan Anand—best known for being the proprietor of Gaggan in Bangkok, which ranked number one on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants four years in a row—to curate a menu alongside award-winning chef Agustin Balbi of Andō.
Gaggan, which closed in 2019, dominated Asia's 50 Best Restaurants from 2015 to 2018, and ranked number four on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2019. After parting ways with investors, Anand ventured out on his own, opening the restaurant Gaggan Anand in November 2019, which won the Highest New Entry award and fifth place in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2021.
Anand is best known for his cheeky, countercultural take on fine dining, with viral tasting menus based on emojis that challenged preconceived norms on what haute cuisine should be. Combined with Balbi's penchant for blending his Spanish heritage and Italian roots with his culinary experiences in Japan, the stage was set for an iconoclastic menu that was worthy of the magnitude of the occasion.